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  • Clubhouse Accreditation
    Clubhouse Accreditation

    For Immediate Release    Media Contact
    Rachel Newell
    Director of Development 
    316-665-8605
    rachel.newell@breakthroughwichita.org

    BREAKTHROUGH CLUBHOUSE GARNERS THREE-YEAR ACCREDITATION

    Wichita, Kan., June 12, 2019 – Breakthrough Clubhouse, a pre-vocational program of Breakthrough/Episcopal Social Services, received a three-year accreditation in May as an affiliate of the Clubhouse International, an organization that develops Clubhouses around the world.  The recognition is significant, as it points to a clear demonstration of a Clubhouse’s commitment to excellence.  Accreditation is awarded to Clubhouses that adhere to the International Standards for Clubhouse Programs, providing opportunities for Clubhouse members to find employment, go to school, build meaningful relationships and live healthy lifestyles. 

    The process is a rigorous one - both evaluative and consultative.  It includes a clubhouse self-study, site visit, dialogs regarding Clubhouse leadership and improvement opportunities, and a written report.  

    The accreditation process is conducted by members of the Clubhouse International faculty for Clubhouse Development.  The final report noted, “Members have a strong sense of pride and ownership in the  Clubhouse, there’s a strong culture of employment and an extremely active advocacy with the Kansas State Legislature which is resulting in solid support of Clubhouses in other parts of Kansas.”  David Kapten, Program Director for Breakthrough Clubhouse added, “This is an empowering program that supports self-directed recovery. Each member of the Clubhouse is needed and wanted.”  

    Clubhouses are local community centers that provide members with opportunities to build long-term relationships that, in turn, support them in obtaining employment, education and housing, including:
    •    a work-ordered day in which the talents and abilities of members are recognized and utilized within the Clubhouse;
    •    participation in consensus-based decision making regarding all important matters relating to the running of the Clubhouse;
    •    Opportunities to obtain paid employment in the local labor market through a Clubhouse-created Transitional Employment Program. In addition, members participate in Clubhouse-supported and independent programs;
    •    assistance in accessing community-based educational resources;
    •    access to crisis intervention services when needed, and;
    •    Evening/weekend social and recreational events.

    About Breakthrough Clubhouse 
    The Clubhouse Model is a unique program serving 386 people with mental illness in 2018.  It’s one of four primary programs of Breakthrough/Episcopal Social Services. Breakthrough has been an accredited Clubhouse since 1997 and continues to be the only one in Kansas. Clubhouses are a powerful demonstration that people with mental illness can and do lead normal, productive lives.  

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  • Mental Health Funding for certified Clubhouses as identified and funded by the Lottery Vending Machine legislation that became law in 2018.

  • Drawing from our history, our new name is "Breakthrough."

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5 Health Benefits of Playing Music

5 Health Benefits of Playing Music

The Greek philosopher Plato once said, “Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” Thousands of years later, and these words still ring true. This week, National Buy a Musical Instrument Day falls on May 22nd, which means it’s the perfect time to celebrate with music. 

No matter how old you are, what your musical taste is or whether or not you can read a note, there’s never a wrong time to learn how to play an instrument. In fact, there are significant advantages to learning music. Check out these five health benefits from playing music.

1. Music makes you smarter.
Over the years, studies have consistently shown a correlation between musical training and academic success in both children and adults. Even when an adult learns to play a musical instrument for the first time, it stimulates the brain and improves functions such as memory and abstract reasoning skills. This is because playing music releases brain-building compounds like BDNF, CREB and synapsin I, neural growth factors that strengthen your mental capabilities. Therefore, if you want to be smarter, start by picking up an instrument.

2. Music gives community.
Not only does music improve your mental health, but it can also benefit your social health, as well. There are a variety of music communities out there for you to get plugged into. Even for solo musicians, you can still find groups, friends and online environments to share tips, ask questions and expand your skill. If you decide to pick up a musical instrument, don’t go at it alone. Join a musical group in your area to develop relationships with different kinds of people, build leadership skills and grow together as a team. This communal environment can dramatically improve your social wellbeing.

3. Music provides creativity.
As you grow in music, you also stretch your mental and emotional health through creativity. Music challenges individuals to try new things, work on distinct tactics and expand their creativity. This can be remarkably beneficial for your emotional health. In fact, music can help you process through emotions by playing music you enjoy, experimenting with melodies or writing your own songs. As you learn a musical instrument, lean into the challenge by embracing your creative side. Your overall health will thank you for it.

4. Music relieves stress.
Because music gives you an opportunity to process creatively through thoughts and emotions, it also allows you to relieve stress. Multiple studies have shown how playing music can genuinely make people happy. One study cited by Inc. even found that listening to and playing music reduced anxiety and lowered levels of depression in participants. Instead of wallowing in your concerns, music gives you an outlet to focus your energy on a positive activity, relieving your stress, lowering blood pressure and getting your heart rate down, so you feel better physically, mentally and emotionally. 

5. Music builds confidence.
Ultimately, music can even help build your confidence, improving your full-range of health. There’s no feeling like setting a goal, putting in time and energy towards it and eventually reaching your accomplishment and mastering a song. The more effort you engage towards music, the more it will improve your confidence and strengthen your health. If you want to feel better throughout your daily life, consider picking up an instrument and giving it a try.

There’s no doubt that learning and playing music provide a multitude of benefits. If you want to celebrate National Buy a Musical Instrument Day this week, consider trying music for yourself for a happier, healthier lifestyle.

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